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Oct 4, 2012 6:30pm EDT
romney's big night. what insiders tell us today about why the president was off his game. >>> breaking news. those loose passenger seats force american airlines to ground 48 planes tonight, causing even more delays and cancelled flights. >>> health alert. a mysterious outbreak of meningitis, deaths, serious illness. and it's linked to a treatment for back pain which was somehow contaminated. >>> real money. can we put thousands of dollars in your pocket right now? doubling the value of that old car in your driveway. >>> good evening. we begin with that question we heard asked across the country today. what was going on with president obama at the big debate with governor mitt romney last night? we have learned that 67.2 million americans were watching last night and governor romney came out swinging. the president seemed to be dodging the fight. with only 33 days to go until your voice, your vote, why was the president off his game? has the whole race changed today? we'll start with abc's jake tapper, he is in wisconsin, traveling with the president tonight. jake? >> reporter: good eve
ABC
Oct 4, 2012 2:35am EDT
was your overall on the biggest on ser vaebservation fr debate. >> this was mitt romney's night, he was sharp, specific, sustained, a plan of attack and went after barack obama every way he could. holding him accountable for the obama record. we haven't seen that too much in this campaign. there have been so many personal attacks, back and forts. he was able to say look this is what you promised four years ago, this is what you delivered on, where is the gap? here's what i will offer. most importantly, able to say look this is the choice i am offering. able to control the debate. >> what do you think was the problem with the president last night? his performance is uniformly panned, tired, underprepared, overconfident or strategy of some kind. >> it was part strategy. went into the debate knowing they're winning the campaign with current strategy. don't do anything to upset that apple cart. see if you can ride this out. the other piece, i think he went in thinking he didn't have to prepare, thinking he was able to ride this, this through, throughout. didn't think mitt romney would b
ABC
Oct 4, 2012 6:00am EDT
president barack obama and mitt romney after a night of back-and-forth debate. domestic issues dominated. many think that there romney had the right pole. 67 percent of americans asked the lead the republican hopeful was the winner. to go under the president's policies middle income have been very. they are being crushed. i will not on any circumstances raise taxes on any middle income family. >> for 18 months he has been running on this tax plan. now, five weeks before the election is saying his big bold idea is never mind. >> the president's health-care reform plan was center stage. >> obamacare is on my list. >> if you repeal obama care, if you repeal it, what happens is those seniors right away are court to pay $600 more in prescription care. >> we heard about the economy and health care. some this morning are wondering why the president did not talk about the 47% statement that came out of the video. the question about why that was not brought up late last night in the debate. this morning some people saying that they believe mitt romney may get a boost. the question is, how long wi
ABC
Oct 4, 2012 4:00am EDT
night, president obama looked very relaxed on stage. and mitt romney pounced, putting the president on defense. the first presidential debate started with a hand shake and a smile between president obama and his republican challenger, mitt romney. then, it quickly focused on the economy. >> 5 million jobs in the private sector created. the auto industry's come roaring back. and housing has begun to rise. >> i know what it takes to get small business growing again, to hire people. >> reporter: romney was aggressive most of the night. but his comments about the 47% had taken a toll on his campaign. the president never brought up those comments. and romney tried to move past them. >> under the president's policies, middle-income americans have been buried. they're just being crushed. i will not, under any circumstances, raise taxes on middle-income families. >> reporter: the president challenged his rival, saying that romney cannot keep his goal of cutting taxes and not add to the deficit without hurting the middle-class. >> now, five weeks before the election, he's saying his big, bold i
ABC
Oct 2, 2012 5:00am EDT
president head to romney will go the firstg presidential debate. night at a rally, romney of his lines of attack. we have had 43 straight months of unemployment above 8%. what has the president had to say? he says, "forward." >> romney is trailing president obama in the polls. the candidates have spent many s practicing. he will huddled with top today.s once again senator robert portman of ohio explain the role of president debates.mock >> i don't like him very much anymore after these mock debates. >> president obama made some calls to a few unsuspecting voters. >> hi, this is barack obama. how are you? >> the president and romney have for days.rsing senator john kerry is playing of mitt romney in mr. obama's practice sessions. the last time the president debated was four years ago and of practice, he says. 56% of americans expect president obama to win the debate. said yesterday the debate is more than just who top. out on tahman bradley, abc news. >> it is 63 degrees outside. still ahead, there could be adrivers with still ahead, there could be adrivers with eggs, bacon, and pancake
ABC
Oct 2, 2012 4:00am EDT
romney will go head-to-head during the first presidential debate. at a rally last night in denver, romney previewed one of his attacks. >> we had 40-straight weeks of unemployment above 8%. and what does the president say to all this? he says forward. i think forewarned a better term. >> reporter: romney's trailing president obama in polls. and his campaign knows the upcoming debates could be their best chance to turn things around. that's why the candidate is practicing. huddled with mock advisers. in the mock debates, senator rob portman is playing barack obama. >> i don't like him very much anymore. >> reporter: as for president obama, he took a break from practice yesterday to visit a campaign office and make a few calls to unsuspecting voters. >> andrea? hi. this is barack obama. how are you? that's right. >> reporter: it was just a brief break for the president, who, like romney, has been rehearsing for days. senator john kerry is playing romney in president obama's practice sessions. the president is out of practice. the last time he debated was four years ago. and, rob and paula,
ABC
Oct 2, 2012 12:00pm EDT
, the running mates are carrying the load while obama and romney prepare for tomorrow night's debate. there is a tall hall at the clinton county courthouse where paul ryan will appear in burlington. ann romney will appear in colorado in a little while. vice-president biden will take the stage at an event surely in charlotte. it's the first of his two plans stops in north carolina today. michelle obama has a speaking appearance in cincinnati. early voting started in ohio this morning. more shots fired in maryland. protesters urging people to vote against question 7 on the november ballot. some of the protesters may have had an ulterior motive. brianne carter has the story from upper marlborough. >> with their signs and shirts, dozen people showed up outside the prince george's county administration building to protest maryland ballot question 7. it would greenlight the plan for a casino in prince george county. >> they want the money to be used for schools, they would never applied to the bills. >> there's an ad on craigslist that raises questions about whether participants came to op
ABC
Oct 8, 2012 4:30am EDT
and then looper. week asked news last mitt romney proposed cuts to pbs. >> "saturday night live" the sesame street on.acter >> how did you find out your mentioned in the debates? >> i got a million tweets. >> so you are on twitter? bird.'m a degrees.4:57, 43 >> and nfl player has harsh fans.for his it is sickening. i am embarrassed. i want every fan to know that. let me tell you how i wil create 12 million job j when president obama couldn't. first, my energy independence policy means more than three million new jobs. many of them in manufacturing. my tax reform plan to lower rates for the middle class and for small business creates seven million more. and expanding trade, cracking down on china, and improving job training takes us to over 12 million new jobs. i'm mitt romney, ani approve this message.
ABC
Sep 30, 2012 11:35pm EDT
three days before the first presidential debate. >> most believe it will be a crucial night for romney. >> president obama and arrived today in nevada for three bang days of what campaign -- three days of what campaign aides are calling debate camp. >> i believe in you. i ask you to keep on believing in me. >> the president and romney will hunker down over the next few days as they huddled with senior advisers to prepare for the showdown in denver. in recent days, campaigns have been bending over backward to complement their opponents and downplay expectations. new jersey governor chris christie said a high bar for romney. >> this is the first moment when the american people can see these two guys by side, letting out their visions unfiltered. i think that will be a powerful moment for mitt romney. >> obama senior advisers said they are preparing. >> they have been practicing for months. i am sure they will have a lot of clever lines, but that is not the american people are looking for. >> abc news political analyst matt dowd says advisors are emphasizing style over substance. >> debat
ABC
Oct 8, 2012 6:30pm EDT
fund-raiser praising the opening performer. >> they just performed flawlessly night after night. i can't always say the same. >> reporter: in the last few days the pundits have been vicious and the comics no kinder. whether "the new yorker's" cover or "saturday night live." >> mr. president, governor romney has just said that he killed osama bin laden. would you care to respond? >> no, you two go ahead. >> reporter: a new gallup poll shows they believe romney did the superior job. 72% to obama's 20%. incumbent presidents from confrontations often stumgle as did president ronald reagan in '84. >> i did avoid i'm afraid in my previous answer also. >> reporter: president obama seemed to have initially thought it went well. >> this was a terrific debate. >> reporter: quickly he talked to aides and realized he had not brought his "a" game. this is on me he later told top advisers and since then he's been studying the video of that night with the goal of a more energetic and crisp performance. while the obama campaign dismisses it other top democrats say pressure is now on vice president
ABC
Oct 4, 2012 5:00am EDT
accomplished. back to campaigning this morning for president obama and mitt romney after a night of back- .nd-forth debate many say romney had the right tone. poll shows 67% of americans believe the republican local was the winner. the president's proposed policies, middle-income americans have been buried. i will not under any circumstances raise taxes on middle-income families. the president fired back on economy, saying romney taxes and not add to the deficit without hurting the middle class. for 18 months he's been running on this tax plan. now, five weeks before the says his big bold idea is never mind. >> when talking about what cuts recommend, the reformnt's health care plan took center stage. >> obamacare is on my list. i used the term with all respect. it's if you repeal obamacare, happens is those seniors pay six under dollars more in prescription care. $600 more. >> they will meet again face-to- on october 16 and october 22. carter,g live, brianne abc 7. supporters of both candidates parties in the d.c. area. them shared their feelings about the candidates. a local obama suppo
ABC
Oct 5, 2012 2:35am EDT
one ball, but two. two enormous balls. ha-ha-ha! >> mitt romney won the debate last night which means president obama lost two fights on his anniversary last night. the president seemed a little bit out of it last night. he had all the enthusiasm of a husband talking to his wife's friend at a dinner party. he kept looking down and frowning, like he was trying to find something on apple maps. only thing that could salvage his performance if the body of bin laden fell on stage. >> could have water boarded aladd aladdin, put down blue, and deported dora the explorer and won walking away. romney won with the sound up. >> you're entitled to your own plane and house but not your own facts. >> dude, he is yelling at you. look up! lookok up! what are you looking at? what are you writing that is so important? oh, that's nice. i didn't realize. that is impressive work. >> oh, my gosh. i love that. >> good stuff, guys. >> finally, to another race, one as close as the presidential contest. >> family sescircle's, cookie bakeup, ann romney's m & m, versus michelle obama's cookies. another win
ABC
Oct 5, 2012 6:00am EDT
romney hoping to use the momentum from the debate wednesday night. he will be in southwest virginia. the president' will have to adjust his strategy for the next debate. he is talking to a younger audience at george mason university. >> this is the northwest washington apartment complex where windows are boarded up after a fire came through last night. because of the fire is under investigation and several people remain in the hospital. one man tried to climb out of the window and fell and is in critical condition. >> authorities in israel say 23- year-old american man shot and killed a man at a resort hotel and israel early this morning he was then shot by police. he was from new york city but his name has not been released. he was on an exchange program that allowed american citizens to work in israel. >> there will be track work on metro this weekend. it is a holiday monday. >> the labor department will release the september jobs report and is expected to show the economy added 13,000 drubs. >> the ruby slippers from "the wizard of oz"will be displayed. >> more information on any
ABC
Oct 4, 2012 12:00am EDT
ballet with you, but i'm debating mitt romney that night. hey, mitt, help me out, will you? [ laughter ] according to "the new york times," team romney has been working on what they call zingers for mitt to use tonight. just an fyi, if you call it a zinger, probably isn't one. we got some zingers, we got some whimsy, we've got some farcical remarks tonight. romney has reportedly been rehearsing these for months. his staff said he started working on them in august. even hired a company to write zingers for him. you know, he hired a company that we sometimes use here at the show to write jokes for us, so, i thought we should ask them about it. you i believe we have them on video chat right now. see if we can hook into it. hello. >> iphone 5 map app help center. how are you not today? >> jimmy: no, no, it's me, jimmy kimmel. >> oh, hi, mr. jimmy kimmel. jimmy kimmel, how are you, my brother from a totally different mother? >> jimmy: i am -- i'm good, bro. so, hey, i -- the reason i'm calling is that i heard mitt romney hired you to write zingers for his debate tonight. >> ah,
ABC
Oct 4, 2012 7:00am EDT
night for the white house. president obama and mitt romney facing off in the first crucial debate in denver. overnight polls give romney the win. the question, now, will it boost him enough in those key battleground states? >> it was the most-tweeted event in social history. our political team is standing by with a full roundup of the night. and what this means for both candidates, with just 33 days to go until the final vote. >> we're closing in right now. and josh and sam, you had a special visit yesterday. robin tweeted out the first v picture since her transplant in the visit. >> sam and i went, hoping to raise her spirits. the morning after, our spirits remain raised. it was a beautiful afternoon. >> can't wait to hear more about it. >>> let's get more about the first big debate. "your voice, your vote." our power political team is covering all of the angles. jake, even president obama's team is conceding that mitt romney gained ground last night. >> that's right, george. obama campaign officials conceding that romney seems more polished. they say they expect he will get a bump
ABC
Oct 8, 2012 4:00am EDT
night. i can't always say the same. >> reporter: the president's rival, mitt romney is on the stump drawing huge crowds, thousands of accounts in florida. >> you'll have the chance to hear his answers or his nonanswers. now, of course, days later, we're hearing his excuses. >> reporter: a new gallup poll confirms romney picked up momentum after last week's debate. president obama is leading romney three points after being up six points after his speech. romney focusololk coke us on hi plan. it calls for a $5 trillion tax cut. >> reporter: the candidates pounced on tv ads. romney does want to cut tax rates that would reduce revenue by $5 trillion over ten years. romney has refused to say which one, leaving him open to attack. >> today, mitt romney will launch an attack of his own, delivering a foreign policy speech slamming president obama's middle east policy. rock and paula. >> all right, tahman bradley, live in washington this monday morning. thank you, tahman. >>> and of course, the main event this week is thursday's vice presidential debate, abc's live coverage begins at 9:00 ea
ABC
Oct 5, 2012 12:00am EDT
people agree, most analysts of this sort of thing that mitt romney won the debate last night. which means president obama lost two fights on his anniversary last night. the president -- the president seemed a little bit out of it last night. he had all the enthusiasm of a husband talking to his wife's friends at a dinner party. kept looking down and frowning. it was like he was looking -- he was trying to find a b of a of apple maps. the only thing that could have salvaged his performance if the body of bin laden fell from the ceiling onto the stage. mitt romney seemed downright human. he really did. he was relaxed before the debate. this is mitt and his wife ann watching their son play a rousing game of jenga. this is real. we didn't make this up. they are playing -- and look at how much fun they're having. have you ever seen a person enjoy watching althou ing anoth play jenga as much as the romneys are here? he's having a dynamite time. i guess when you don't drink or smoke, jenga kicks ass. [ applause ] it's the simple things. moderator for the debate last night was jim lehrer of
ABC
Oct 4, 2012 6:00pm EDT
, part of a 1-2 punch. >> there is. >> democrats admit they could more last night. today, i'll least a slight momentum shift. going toent obama is prop extensively. on the next debate, a town hall format. >> mitt romney is riding high. even made a surprise stop at conservative political action conference. his big night seems to be paying off. his press secretary -- much of that money is going to be spent right here in virginia. we are looking forward to the debate, it is a week from tonight. people expect plenty of fireworks. battleground virginia is getting a lot of attention. it starts tonight with mitt romney and paul ryan. mitt romney will hold a rally tomorrow. the president will be in vienna, va. tomorrow. monday, governor romney is back with a speech in lexington, virginia. our coverage of the day after nhe debate continues o wjla.com. we have local reaction. what you thought as the debate on with their instant reaction and the latest updates from the campaign trail. >> police said the together a they believehe man salted five women in springfield -- a sketch of the believed us
ABC
Oct 2, 2012 11:00pm EDT
this time tomorrow night, we will just watched the first debate with president obama and mitt romney. all eyes will be on denver tomorrow for the first of three debates. for the most part, both men stayed out of the public today. we are told mitt romney was spotted picking up a meal at a denver area to polite. in an interview, he said he would honor temporary work permits for young, illegal immigrants that were granted by the obama administration. colorado's hispanic vote could impact who gets the vote. the latest polls show mitt romney behind in most of the battleground states. he remains in striking distance. be sure to watch the debate right here on abc 7 small night at 9:00. amelia afterwards, scott thuman will have insight and analysis -- and immediately afterwards, scott thuman will have insight and analysis. >> you do not know me. you are not a friend of mine. >> a somber remember is exactly 10 years of the sniper attacks in our region. 55-year-old james martin was shot to death on october 2 2002. five of victims will remember their loved ones tomorrow. as part of the remembra
ABC
Oct 4, 2012 5:00pm EDT
that mitt romney one of the debate last night. money -- many undecided voters are still waiting to make their decisions. there are 33 days until the election. >> during the debate, we reviewed some brand new technology. it allows you to weigh in on what you see during the debates. it is not exactly a scientific, but instant reaction is a brand new tool. >> you can use your smart phones or your ipad to use this app. go to wjla.com/react. in real time, you can respond to what is going on in the debate. 22,000 individual reactions. from those reactions you submit, we did this. this is the entire debate, what you like, what you did not. we can look at just what governor romney was saying or just what president obama was setting. we can zoom in at a particular moment. >> that is how we cut taxes for middle-class families. that is how we cut a trillion dollars of spending that was not advancing the cause. >> you can see at any point you can see how many people were agreeing disagreeing spiining, or dodging a point. look at the present's closing statements or governor romney's closing sta
ABC
Oct 2, 2012 6:00pm EDT
washington post poll. you can watch the debate right on abc 7, be it the beginning tomorrow night at 9:00. -- beginning tomorrow night at 9:00. >> vice-president to candidate will appear at an evening.s romney appeared at a rally in today and now in the air on virginia. he will reportedly stay in that next weekt ready for for rice -- vice presidential debate. >> we are on storm watch. clouds are still hanging around this hour. is any more rain headed out this weekend? doug hill joins us with a look evening forecast. >> most of the rain is out of now.rea right most of the shower activity is area.ast of the some drizzle and fog is the story. over 3.5 inches at culpeper and almost 2.5 gaithersburg. most of the rain will stay south , but theof the city fog is the story. declining visibility and very tonight and early tomorrow. all kinds of stuff is coming up for you in a few minutes. a story from nw washington tonight. americane students at were assaulted near campus. l the attacks happened in the evening orn the late early morning. the women were walking in the n massachusetts avenue wh
ABC
Oct 2, 2012 7:00am EDT
anything could make the difference tomorrow night. mitt romney held a rally in denver overnight, where he previewed tomorrow night's fireworks. >> these debates are an opportunity for each of us to describe the pathway forward for america that we would choose. and the american people have to make their choice as to what kind of america they want. >> reporter: he will likely start the day tomorrow with a workout. he's an elliptical machine kind of guy. the president is at this posh resort in nevada, where he'll, no doubt, be hitting the gym before another day of debate practice. while he may be strong physically, he admits he's out of debate shape. romney debated most recently in february. >> i think the earmarks, we had it with them. >> reporter: the last time the president debated was almost four years ago. >> we need a president who is going to tackle it head-on. >> reporter: it's not clear how much this is lowering expectations. but sources tell abc news, that the president's debate prep has been exhausting and he's clearly out of practice. something he talked about working the phon
ABC
Oct 5, 2012 4:30am EDT
completely wrong. ta more. >> with his campaign reenergize mitt romney took on the controversy surrounding his comments that 47% of americans are dependent on government. he said his remarks were not eloquently stated, but last night on fox news he offered an explanation. >> it was completely wrong. i absolutely believe that my life has shown i care about 100%. >> president obama is trying to rebound from what many believe was a lackluster debate performance before a crowd of 30,000 in madison, wisconsin yesterday suggested romney's performance was just an act,' >> i met a very spirited fellow whioo claimed to be mitt romney. the real mitt romney has been around the country promising tax cuts for the wealthy. >> they accused romney of being dishonest on the debate stage. some of the president's supporters are baffled by what they saw as a passive performance. >> i felt he should of been more aggressive. >> i don't know what he was doing out there. he was in during the debate. >> president obama could have new worries today when thejobs numbers are released. economists predict i
ABC
Oct 2, 2012 5:00pm EDT
last-minute debate prep. we have this 2012 report from denver. mitt romney took a lunch with his date rehearsal partner, senator rob portman. last night he said he was going one-on-d to with the president. be a conversation american people that will span almost an entire month. >> they are making me do my homework. >> it may be heavy course load. mitt romney participated in two the longates during republican primary season. >> they are looking for body , they are looking to take a measure of these men. >> the potential to be a game changer. hopes the shutdowns help close the gap. >> i would like you to find one for barackvoted obama and convince them to come and join our team. islook, folks, this country neither dependent nor in decline. nothe problem is, he did see through these problems. a border up at 6:00, patrol agent is killed on the job. on thisdetails developing story. on thisdetails develo[ male announcer ] we the people, the middle class, who move our country forward, work hard, raise families, and keep america strong. but mitt romney's budget plan will hurt the middle
ABC
Oct 2, 2012 6:30pm EDT
. one other thing i heard today is that governor romney does not have to win a charm offensive. he has to prove he can relate to average american problems. a lot at stake here tomorrow night. >> love the citizen debate coaches, david. you and jake and george stephanopoulos, the entire political team will be covering it all tomorrow night. join us wednesday night, one on one, the candidates debate. 9:00 p.m. eastern, 6:00 pacific. >>> now the peanut butter recall. we've been reading all your posts and tweets. which brands are linked to salmonella poisoning. so many of you are asking exactly what should we do? steve osunsami has a user's guide for families. >> reporter: today, government official trying to contain this salmonella outbreak told us it doesn't look good and to expect more reported cases linked to jars of peanut butter sold at grocery stores across the country. so far, 30 people sick, most of them children, across 19 states. for families searching through kitchen cabinets tonight for potentially dangerous jars of nut butter, it's confusing. first, what jars and brands are be
ABC
Oct 3, 2012 6:00am EDT
obama and mitt romney meeting for their first debate before the november election. >> baxter night. it will focus on foreign-policy and several issues. -- that is tonight. brianne carter has a preview. >> both candidates have been preparing for weeks. now they will go face-to-face in their first presidential debate. after months of back-and-forth battles, tonight president and republican hopeful mitt romney will share the same stage in denver for the first presidential debate. >> governor romney and president obama will meet on the stage behind me. >> the latest abc news poll says the race for president is still very close. what happens tonight could have an impact on the two campaigns that are winding down with a little more than a month left. according to the wall street journal, the two will square off tonight in 615-minute segments with a focus on the economy health care, and the role of government. both candidates have been preparing for weeks. they took a break on tuesday and their wives weighed in on how they think it will go. >> we are focused and i cannot wait for the contrast
ABC
Oct 6, 2012 12:00pm EDT
news, orlando. >> a sudden standstill in chinatown last night. they're capturing this video. at least 20 demonstrators chanting a disparaging remarks about the obama and romney campaign. >> tonight, there will be another much anticipated public debate. we're not talking about president obama or mitt romney. john stewart of the daily show. the trash talking has gotten under way. some are promising that he will "beat bill o'reilly's liver." >> ready to rubber? >> bill o'reilly will face on this at 8:00 with jon stewart. >> do you see me as mitt romney? is that how you will frame the stacks i see you as an abominable snowman. >> so much for talking down. >> was going to win? >> john stuart will eat a bill reilly's liver. >> what is the protocol for to people about the debate that is it a wedding the indexthing? there'll be an hour of debate. >> i wanted to work on speed. i chased a chicken around the studio. the moderator will be easy hill. >> you have to remember for stewart and his 18 writers. >> cannot wait. bring it on. one of the most popular events is back this week. it will be ser
ABC
Oct 1, 2012 4:00am EDT
the first presidential debate is on wednesday. mitt romney and president obama have been preparing day and night. with both men saying the other guy is going to do a better job. president obama and mitt romney start the week with a crucial showdown on wednesday at the first presidential debat in denver. at a rally in las vegas, president obama tried to manage the speculations. >> i know the media is speculating who is going to have the best zinger. i don't know about that. governor romney, he's a good debater. >> reporter: as both hunker down for intense practice, the polls show americans overwhelming with the election and the president lose. in a new abc news/"washington post" poll out this morning, 63% of registered voters expect president obama to win the election. that's his biggest lead so far when it comes to expectations. but looking at like hi supporters, the race is much closer. president obama leads mitt romney by two points. republican governor chris christie predicted romney could close the gap with president obama after a strong showing on wednesday's debate. >> i'm absolu
ABC
Oct 9, 2012 4:00am EDT
francisco late last night, stepped up his attacks on mitt romney's debate performance, saying it wasn't leadership, but instead salesmanship. >> but the latest poll taken after the debates, shows romney swinging ahead of the president, 49% to 45%. that's mainly due to a surge in support for romney from women voters. abc's karen travers has more on the campaign trial. >> reporter: shifting focus to foreign affairs, mitt romney launched a scathing attack on president obama's policies and leadership overseas. >> it's time to change course in the middle east. it's clear that the risk of conflict in the region is higher now than when the president took office. >> reporter: so far, the economy has dominated the campaign debate. but the romney campaign tried to seize on questions and criticism about the president's handling of last month's attack in libya. it was a chance to try to reverse the tide of romney's recent perceived missteps, including his initial response to the libya attack. the republican contender accused the president of passivity over partnership. >> i know the president hopes
ABC
Oct 7, 2012 6:00pm EDT
trail in florida tonight. >> reporter: 9,000 flag-waving romney supporters jammed the town square, 6,000 last night, all ready to turn the president out of office. >> you all have the chance to hear his answers or his not -- nonanswers. now, of course, days later we're hearing his excuses and next january we'll be watching him leave the white house for the last time. >> reporter: team romney is feeling his debate performance. the president obama is realizing he didn't perform at his peak. >> i think you can assume he reviewed the tape and it will inform -- it will inform how he handles these subsequent debates. >> reporter: it wasn't all bad news, the president was buoyed by the dp in the unemployment rate to below 8% and broke his own record by raising $181 million in just september. putting him on track to hit a billion dollars. and tonight the president is doing even more fund-raising in los angeles. appearing at a small event with bill clinton too. but it's an issue from the debate -- >> governor romney's central economic plan calls for a $5 trillion tax cut. >> i don't have a
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Oct 5, 2012 7:00am EDT
that debate performance this week. as mitt romney in virginia looks to build on his momentum. overnight here, the key battleground of virginia, mitt romney on a different stage. but it was that debate stage 24 hours earlier, still on his mind. >> last night, i thought was a great opportunity for the american people to see two very different visions for the country. >> reporter: deafening cheers and a swelling crowd of a debate performance that's rallied republicans. paul ryan, taking away from his own debate prep. >> last night, america got to see the man i know. a leader. >> reporter: the president, meanwhile, in the battleground leaning his way, wisconsin. speaking before a crowd of more than 30,000, his biggest crowd of the campaign yet. more energized than during the debate. >> when i got on the stage, i met this very spirited fellow who claimed to be mitt romney. but i know it couldn't have been mitt romney because the real mitt romney's been running around the country for the last year, promising $5 trillion in tax cuts that favor the wealthy. >> reporter: many supporte
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Oct 1, 2012 2:30am EDT
night like that. and mitt romney did very well in the -- in the, debates during the primaries. very well. belt better than a lot. he need one of those nights. >> he has been preparing for the debates for three years. >> there you go. sure they got it all memorized. they got their zirngz reangers . >>> the government's troubled gun tracking program, called fast and furious. dozens of more weapons rather that were part of the investigation are being linked to crimes in mexico. our partners at univision, report 57 pref yufsly undiscovered guns connect to fast and furious have now been found at the sites of murders, kidnappings and brutal massacres. >>> breaking news from afghanistan overnight. nato says three of its troops have been killeden a bombing. the interpreter also died. this comes after an american service member was killed over the weekend in a fire fight with afghan troops. abc's mohamed lila reports. >> reporter: some are describing this as a fire fight between american troops and the afghan soldiers they were working alongside. for reasons that aren't yet clear it appears
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Oct 7, 2012 11:00pm EDT
are on the road. former massachusetts governor mitt romney is hoping to ride a wave of momentum while the president is raising money. >> we've got some work to do. we've got an election to win. >> sunday night, president obama held a star-studded fundraiser in southern california. that included a-listers george clooney, stevie wonder, john bon jovi and i katy perry. with so many stars in the audience, he poked fun at his less-than-stellar debate performance last week. >> everybody here is incredible professionals. they're such great friends. and they just perform flawlessly. night after night. i can't always say the same. [laughter] [cheers] >> republican candidate mitt romney rallied supporters in the critical state of florida on sunday. he warned that a second term for president obama would lead to the kind of economic ruin that crushes the american dream. >> we're going to hold that torch very high on november 6. the world is going to see we're serious about coming back and strengthening the base of this great country. >> while mr. obama continues to outraise mr. romney other repub
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Oct 1, 2012 11:00pm EDT
night's debate now means a lot more. a cnn poll shows president obama romney in a dead heat. is ahead by just three points. tonight mr. obama continues to for that debate in a t -- from the las vegas area. mitt romney did have an event tonight. a rally at the wings the rockies in denver. republican nominee has been in all weekend preparing for the debate. see if that fiscal be cushioned with a of taxpayer money. >> police in prince boomtown said someone is going around ripping peoples and jewelry of while they are wearing it. ripping peoples and jewelry of while t[ male announcer ]. for the dreamers... and those well grounded. for what's around this corner... and the next. there's cash flow w options from pnc. solutions to help businesses like yours accelerate receivables, manage paym,ents, and help ensure access to credit. because we know how impmportant cash flow is to reaching your goals. pnc bank. for the achiever in you. a jury keep on the loose in prince william county tonight. is rippingect necklaces right off the victims. tom, tell us about this. >> i am on cover stone drive a
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Oct 1, 2012 6:30pm EDT
a debate night that could change everything. jake leads us off. jake? >> reporter: diane, top obama campaign officials have been pouring over republican debate tapes, studying mitt romney. and according to one person familiar with the president's debate preparations, it has been exhausting work and the president is definitely out of practice, though, of course, the campaign has been trying to lower expectations. president obama has been practicing for the debates at the westin lake, las vegas, resort and spa. 17 miles from the las vegas strip. presidential debate veteran john kerry is participating in the mock debates, pretending to be a different patrician wealthy massachusetts politician mitt romney. yesterday, in las vegas, the president tried to lower expectations. >> i know folks in the media are speculating already on who's going to have the best zingers. >> you are! >> governor romney, he's a good debater. i'm just okay. >> reporter: a new poll shows the president enjoys advantages going into this debate. 66% say his policies have favored the middle class, while 57% think rom
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Oct 9, 2012 5:00am EDT
governors hoping becometorheado head. tim kaine d george al scored off monday night. the debate covered everything from the bh cuts t planned defense cuts. tim kaine took a jab at romney g to end support for television. >> i'm a huge public broadcasting fan. i think it does great work. my pledge tonight is not to the broadcasting -- not to defund public broadcasting. >> the mother of the man accused killing florida teenager is speaking out. george zimmerman's mother told at he did upset that come for to say he's not racist and she lashed out at the media coverage of the case. >> the media has played a big son.against my they have portrayed a bad they have portrayed him picture and there will be justice. george zimmerman is charged murder.ond-degree >> 5:17 is the time. waking up to a chilly start -- wet. >> like the last couple days. a repeat cycle. it should be graded by tomorrow when the nationals play game 3. today, gray and the damp to start. isn't this beautiful? this is from my twitter friend taken by his neighbor from aldie, virginia. a beautiful shot. looking ross the lake. you
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Oct 1, 2012 7:00am EDT
-point lead over mitt romney. ahead of wednesday night's face-off. the president now in nevada preparing for the debate. mitt romney rehearsing in manages mis. both campaigns are downplaying expectations. >>> and a deadly day in afghanistan. three american troops killed this morning in a suicide bombing just one day after a very grim milestone there. now more than 2,000 u.s. troops have been killed in the war. >>> and a daring rescue caught on camera in texas. you can see the suv there sburs flames after the driver lost control and crashed. but then the driver of a passing car stops, risking his own life, pulling that driver out on to the parking lot. and great news today, the man okay this morning. >>> and u.s. agriculture experts say the concerns about a widespread bacon shortage in coming months are pure -- hogwash. the american farm bureau federation now says that pork supplies will just decrease only slightly over the next few months over the drought. but you can expect to pay more. prices can rise by about 10%. >>> attention parents. next big shortage could could be diape
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Oct 2, 2012 2:35am EDT
, how mitt romney and president barack obama are preparing as they count down the hours to tomorrow night. 90 minutes of drama should we say. >> not to mention, want to be a fly in the room, listening to the prep. if he says this, you say this. stand like this. talk like that. the prep must be fascinating behind the scenes. >> would love to hear the commentary as they're looking at their appropriate in previous debates. just the things they would say about them. >> political theater in full effect tomorrow night. >>> a health concern near and dear to our insomniac viewers, this is for sure, we'll bring you new, pretty eye-opening research into teens who are sleep deprived. something we can relate to especially coming off a little miniweekend vacation. >> basically anything positive out of sleep deprivation. >> the news is never good for our life expectancy on the shift. >> this is kind of good. extreme eats, ordinary foods with an extreme edge. i will introduce you to guys making pickles like nobody else's business. hey, insomniacs, paula here with al, the pickle pro. we are making
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Oct 8, 2012 2:30am EDT
to the campaign trail with 29 days left to go in the the election. mitt romney delivers a major foreign policy speech in virginia today after spending the weekend drawing huge crowds in florida, and president obama is in california where last night he poked fun at his lack luster debate performance last week. he gave a nod to the performance at a star-studded event included stevie wonder and katy perry. >> they perform flawlessly night after night. i can't always say the same. >> the president is expected to raise more than $9 million during his two-day swing through california. >> and mitt romney has a big day. expected to elaborate a little more on his foreign policy, and he will speak to fill in more details as to that plan that he laid out a couple weeks ago, but that's going to happen around 11:00 eastern. >> and only 29 days left to go. but you have to wonder, too, with the 67 million people watching that debate, the race has gotten fighter and it's a fight to the finish. two weeks ago it was looking bad and bleak for romney and it is amazing how the wind has changed and r
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Oct 3, 2012 9:00pm EDT
, but ultimately, performance wise, this was a strong night for mitt romney. >> david muir, we saw the big smile on mitt romney immediately after the debate. some results already coming in, romney's odds going up. >> yeah, that smile spills relief on romney's face tonight. within the campaign, too, george. in fact, i got a text before the debate was over from a key adviser who said "mission accomplished." the governor looked to put the president on the defensive. they think that was accomplished here tonight. also, you heard governor romney right out of the gate come out here and talk about a woman that he met on the trail in a last couple of days, talking about economic hardship. that was another hurdle that romney tried to cross, connecting with average problems facing americans, not a surprise that he talked about women on the trail and in key states, key battleground states, what they believe that as you mentioned, george, no knockout punch here tonight, but it was a strong performance from the governor when he needed it most. >> all right, david and jake, thank you. and we're goin
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Oct 8, 2012 5:00am EDT
professionals. they performed flawlessly night .fter night i cannot always say the same. [laughter] the world is going to see , strengthening country.t >> on sunday, romney campaigned florida. he said that a second term for obama would lead to ruin.ic >> first lady michelle obama stop ine a campaign tomorrow at the loudoun county fairgrounds. do need tickets to attend that event. virginia u.s. senate candidate allen and tim kaine will in a debate int richmond. the second of three this campaign season. broadcast live from 8:00 until 9:00 on news channel 8. you will have a chance to watch. today is your last chance to d.c.a taste of >> it is on pennsylvania avenue between ninth street and 14th today, so sample food from 50 area restaurants starting at noon today. >> still ahead, the president of venezuela is staying put. >> still ahead, the president of venezuela is staying put. we what do we do when something that's hard to paint, >> still ahead, the president of venezuela is staying put. wereally wants to be painted? we break out new behr ultra with stain-blocker from the home depot...
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Oct 3, 2012 6:30pm EDT
, next. >>> good evening. as we come on the air, president obama and governor romney are preparing for the super bowl of politics. 60 million americans expected to watch the first debate tonight. and it is one of those nights that can change history. we want to show you the stage, right now, at the university of denver in colorado. it is standing by, awaiting the candidates. 34 days until your voice, your vote. and the abc news political team is right there in that room. david muir and jake tapper, ready for the opening round to begin. so, david, start us off. >> reporter: diane, good evening from the debate hall here at the university of denver. you can see the stage behind me. everything planned right down to the minute tonight. president obama will enter from the right. the governor from massachusetts, governor romney entering from the left. to give you an idea of the setting here, about 1,000 people inside this debate hall, when it starts. look behind the cameras tonight. we're inside a hockey arena that normally seats 8,000 but they've created this intimate setting as tens of
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Oct 5, 2012 4:00am EDT
white house. say said, all right, here's ten reasons. number nine, romney's hair is mesmerizing. number five, i live with my mother-in-law. what do you want from me? and the number one president obama excuse. it's bush's fault. >> and you have to wonder what "saturday night live" will do this weekend. >> can't wait.
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Oct 8, 2012 7:00am EDT
. >> reporter: and "saturd night live" with its own version of the debate. >> excuse me, governor -- mr. president? >> yeah, what's up? >> mr. president, governor romney has just said that he killed osama bin laden. [ laughter ] would you care to respond? >> no, you two, go ahead. [ laughter ] >> reporter: more debates to come. the gallup daily tracking poll that i mention said an average over seven days. even though the president is heat by tweets, if you look inside the numbers, the president ahead by five points. five days after, the two men 47/47. >> he's going to press the attack with a foreign policy speech focusing on that attack on the american ambassador in libya. >> he's going to take on the administration in this, george. the attack in benghazi was likely the work of the same forces that attacked on september 11th. not islam that the administration has been talking about for several days after the attack. he's going full steam on this. >> and diane sawyer and i will have live coverage of the v.p. candidates, joe biden and paul ryan go at it this thursday, 9:00 eastern, 8:00 p
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Oct 6, 2012 7:00am EDT
night, bill o'reilly will face off in a live, pay-per-view mock debate, with jon stewart. >> do you see me as mitt romney? is that how you're going to frame this now? >> i see you as an abominable snowman. o'reilly angry. >> reporter: and so much for talking down expectations. >> who's going to win? >> jon stewart will eat bill o'reilly's liver, with some fava beans. >> reporter: while the rules aren't exactly clear. >> what is the protocol for two people about to debate? is it like a wedding thing? i'm not supposed to see you now. >> none of that. >> reporter: it's expected there will be an hour of debate with 30 minutes of audience questions. the debate prep has already begun. >> i wanted to work on speed. i chased the chicken around the studio. >> reporter: perhaps with this debate, the political punches won't be as carefully calculated as the presidential one. the moderator will be former fox anchor, edie hill. >> for stewart and his 18 writers. >> reporter: for "good morning america," reena ninan, abc news, new york. >> that's a pretty good punch. >> my stepson would say, do yo
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Oct 3, 2012 7:00am EDT
? >> what a night. >> that is great. looking forward to that. >>> also, big night tonight in denver. countdown to the debate. you're looking at the hall in denver. there we are. that's where president obama and mitt romney will face off on stage. one moderator, jim leher the moderator. >>> also, in this half hour, in this first half, a new showdown is heating up. a tree that almost killed, well, mcsteamy as you know him from "grey's anatomy." a tree fell on her from the next door neighbor's yard. a big legal battle brewing. >>> first, we're going to get to the latest trouble for american airlines. a story we first brought you on "good morning america." another flight was forced to make an emergency landing last night. and abc's jim avila has been tracking all of the developments. jim, good morning. >> reporter: good morning, elizabeth. american pilots could be at the bargaining table as early as today. bringing to an end, the problems for the airline. this morning, the embattled american airlines under the microscope again. >> i have a gear unsafe flight. >> reporter: another americ
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